2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
October 2, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Knodl, Horlacher, Kremer,
Spiros, Tittl, Vruwink, Felzkowski, R. Brooks, Kooyenga, Tusler, Gannon,
Swearingen, Kuglitsch, Sanfelippo and Duchow, cosponsored by Senators
Darling, Petrowski and Craig. Referred to Committee on Government
Accountability and Oversight.
AB527,1,2 1An Act to amend 16.75 (1) (b) 1. and 2. and (c) and 16.75 (3t) (c) (intro.); and to
16.75 (6) (ag) of the statutes; relating to: state procurement of signs.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, if a state agency makes a purchase for which the estimated
cost exceeds $50,000, the purchase must be made through competitive bidding.
Under this bill, if the items being purchased are signs, the purchase must be made
through competitive bidding if the estimated cost exceeds $3,500.
Also under current law, state agencies making purchases generally must allow
the Department of Corrections the opportunity to provide the materials, supplies,
equipment, or services if DOC is able to do so for a price that is comparable to one
obtained through competitive bidding. This bill provides an exemption for the
purchase of signs.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB527,1 3Section 1. 16.75 (1) (b) 1. and 2. and (c) of the statutes are amended to read:
AB527,1,54 16.75 (1) (b) 1. Except as provided in subd. 2., when the estimated cost exceeds
5$25,000 $50,000, the department shall invite solicit bids to be submitted.
12. Bids are not required if If the item being purchased is a sign, bids shall be
2solicited unless
the estimated cost does not exceed $50,000 $3,500.
AB527,2,53 (c) Except as provided in par. (b) 2. and sub. (7), when the estimated cost is
4$25,000 or less, the award may be made in accordance with simplified procedures
5established by the department for such transactions.
AB527,2 6Section 2. 16.75 (3t) (c) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB527,2,247 16.75 (3t) (c) (intro.) The department of corrections shall periodically provide
8to the department of administration a current list of all materials, supplies,
9equipment or contractual services, excluding commodities, that are supplied by
10prison industries, as created under s. 303.01. The department of administration
11shall distribute the list to all designated purchasing agents under s. 16.71 (1). Except
12as otherwise provided in sub. (6) (ag) or (am), prior to seeking bids or competitive
13sealed proposals with respect to the purchase of any materials, supplies, equipment
14or contractual services enumerated in the list, the department of administration or
15any other designated purchasing agent under s. 16.71 (1) shall offer prison industries
16the opportunity to supply the materials, supplies, equipment or contractual services
17if the department of corrections is able to provide them at a price that is comparable
18to one which may be obtained through competitive bidding or competitive sealed
19proposals and is able to conform to the specifications. If the department of
20administration or other purchasing agent is unable to determine whether the price
21of prison industries is comparable to one obtained through competitive bidding or
22competitive sealed proposals, it may solicit bids or competitive proposals before
23awarding the order or contract. This paragraph does not apply to the printing of the
24following forms:
AB527,3 25Section 3. 16.75 (6) (ag) of the statutes is created to read:
116.75 (6) (ag) Subsection (3t) does not apply to purchases of signs.
AB527,4 2Section 4. Initial applicability.
AB527,3,43 (1) The treatment of section 16.75 (1) (b) 1. and 2. and (c) of the statutes first
4applies to purchases made on the effective date of this subsection.
AB527,3,55 (End)